Benefits of Memebership in COSB

Clearly the most valuable benefit of COSB membership is belonging to a professional learning community comprised of some of the field's finest leaders. On all of the important issues critical to school management, curriculum and instruction, and to advocacy for all individuals with blindness and visual impairments, COSB membership gives you direct access to a network of school administrators that have a record of exemplary practice and are eager to share their expertise.

COSB members, through the COSB Board of Directors, recommend the topics and activities for the annual COSB Leadership Institute held each October in conjunction with the Annual Meeting of the American Printing House for the Blind in Louisville, Kentucky. Many of the best and the brightest from throughout the field of Blindness and Visual Impairments, as well as from government, advocacy, legal and other related areas, are invited to the Leadership Conference to help guide and inform the membership on many of the most complex issues of the day, and to seek opportunities for collaboration.

COSB members receive the excellent publication, Howe's Now (available in the COSB Publication Archives), featuring the many exemplary programs at COSB schools. It is also a forum for some of the best writers in the field to discuss a wide range of challenges and opportunities that face all of us who are committed to the success of students with visual impairments and blindness.

Currently under development is an exciting new benefit, the COSB Academy . Much of the best professional development training in the nation is offered by COSB member schools, and soon this training will be available to all members through a combination of on-site, on-line and video-taped presentations.